Scotts Timber Engineering supports Founder15 for second year

The Scotts Timber Engineering team is driven by strong family values and a sense of community. As lifelong residents of Northamptonshire county and suppliers of timber trusses, roof beams and a range of timber engineering solutions to businesses across our home, we feel connected to this beautiful part of the country. Giving back to the local Northamptonshire community where we’ve been based for more than a century is extremely important to us.

As part of this commitment, alongside our sister company, Scotts of Thrapston, we signed up to the Founder15 charity initiative last summer. And we’re just about to embark on our second year of supporting the programme, which involves donating £5,000 a year to this incredibly worthwhile local cause.

Run by Northampton Saints Foundation, Founder15 is a way for businesses to further support the foundation by providing its social inclusion and education departments with funding to inspire, support and educate nine to 19-year-olds through its programmes. According to the charity’s latest Impact Report, more than 5,600 children from more than 100 schools took part in its education programmes last year. Meanwhile, 93% of students returned to education, training or employment as part of its Engage programme.


Scotts timber engineering helping the Northamptonshire community


Our managing director, James Scott, explains: “Forming valuable connections with and giving back to the local community in which we’ve been building our timber engineering solutions for more than 100 years is extremely important to us.

“The Founder15 programme is an amazing programme that’s changing the lives of young people in Northamptonshire in so many positive ways. Becoming a Founder15 member means we can help the foundation continue its fantastic work; transforming even more lives and creating many more positive and successful futures. What the foundation is achieving is truly inspirational and we’re keen to support its work in a wider capacity too.”

Gemma Shields, the foundation’s Business Support Manager, says: “The support we’re receiving means we can continue our vital work. It’s also enabling us to grow, so we can reach more young people and create even more positive futures. We will not rest until every young person we work with, however difficult their past, is on the path to a positive future.”

How Northampton Saints Foundation delivers its work

The foundation uses the values of Northampton RFC and the power of sport to inspire, support and educate young people and their communities. Founder15 is just one of several support streams that enable the foundation to deliver its social inclusion and education programmes:

1. Premiership Rugby Champions: focuses on tackling character, health and numeracy

Delivered via an app, this programme features video content from Northampton Saints players and is aimed at primary school children.

2. Values: focuses on teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship – the values of rugby

This bespoke programme encourages interaction, understanding and personal development, with pupils being asked to discuss and develop their knowledge of the three values.

3. Engage: is a social inclusion programme designed to help get students back into school

Practical-based activities are used to empower students to see the positives in everyday life and tailored progression pathways are developed based on students’ needs.

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The Scotts Timber Engineering family have been building innovative timber engineering solutions for the businesses of Northamptonshire for over 100 years. After working with communities, providing roof beams for homes and timber trusses for developers for so many years, we feel a deep connection to this great county and the young people within it. To see some of the great work our team has done, why not browse through our prestigious case studies?